projects in development 

Initiatives we are working on to help change the status quo of complex important issues. Release dates undefined, and we always welcome collaberators and supporters to our big challenge projects. 

EQUITABLE ACCESS TO POWER

From the political systems to the workplace, there are many opportunities for a more equitable space for power distribution; but currently, power is unevenly allocated, resulting in many systemic social and environmental issues.

This Power Play toolkit will explore the fundamental issues of power and develop a new semiotic and schematic language and a set of tools. It will enable anyone, from a 5 to 85-year-old, to obtain equitable access and discuss the impacts and effects that power has on them, leading to propositional space for power play.  

Power is a finite resource that makes or breaks relations, develops or dismantles opportunities, and constructs or deconstructs society as a whole. This project is a proposition to develop a new schema that will change semiotic language for dissecting and understating power relations in any given arena by developing a set of exploratory and functional tools that assist in conversing and articulating the access to and dissemination of power.

We tackle big problems in provocative ways, and power is one of the biggest. This project is all about finding a new language for discussing power in a more equitable and effective way.

Disrupting CONSUMERISM through love, status and HAPPINESS

What is the relationship between our expectations of love, our neurochemicals, and our ability to obtain happiness? How do all of these critical human experiences impact our planet? We are set to find out through the next stage of our Love and Happiness Project.

For the last three years, we have been mining the complex, fascinating, and highly controversial arenas of love and sexual experience, along with the relationship they have to happiness.

The next phase of the project will involve an interactive public data collection experience that will seek hundreds of people from around the world to help us build a catalog of love-related experiences.

As with all of our interventions, it's hard to know what type of outcome will emerge from the Disruptive Design process. We have developed some fascinating insights, and moving into our first public round of Building to evolve a set of provocations that will build an intervention into love.

Watch a talk Leyla gave on part of the resaerch into this comlepx and fasinating nexus for Design Week Portland.